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Top films of 2011 go back in time, and many find success
Top films of 2011 go back in time, and many find success

The very best movies of the past year went back to the earliest years of cinema for their subject matter, but 100 or so years amount to just a few film frames when you consider that some of the other movies in this 10-best list went back to the dawn of time for their stories. In any event, the end of the year is a natural time to think about the good, the bad and the ugly movies that came our way in 2011. It actually turned out to be a pretty good year in terms of the diversity of subjects and level of craftsmanship. Where the latter is concerned, it was reassuring to see that the trendy 3D process can be worthwhile when a crafty director is behind the camera; as for the more routine movies...

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